In an era rife with cultural anxieties, the role of the multicultural writer is more vital than ever, particularly when the cultural norms of those existing outside of mainstream culture are increasingly challenged, censured, or overshadowed by the biases of the majority. Whether by documenting the disorienting experiences of immigrants seeking to establish new lives in places far from their countries of origin or the decades-long struggles of minorities to gain a firmer foothold in the societies around them, multicultural writers often serve as chroniclers of the cultures from which their characters—and they themselves—come, providing their readers with a deeper appreciation for the rich histories and traditions that shape those cultures and ideally hel
In keeping with the MMLA conference theme, “Consuming Cultures,” the Religion and Literature permanent section welcomes proposals that address works and writers who explore the ways in which religion and consumerism and consumption intersect. This topic could be considered in a multitude of ways. Religious practice often involves food—both in preparation and consumption—as the center of observance and practice. On the other hand, consumerism, specifically the purchase and/or display of products, is also present in many expressions of 20th and 21st Century religiosity. This is perhaps best depicted in the “megachurch,” but also in the ever-broadening “religious” sub-genres of fiction and film.
Africology: The Journal of Pan African Studies (formerly The Journal of Pan African Studies; JPAS), a trans-disciplinary on-line multilingual peer reviewed scholarly journal devoted to the intellectual synthesis of research, scholarship and critical thought on the African experience around the world, is seeking contributions for a special edition of scholarly reflections about historical and current social complexity in Africa and the African diaspora as mirrored in Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole’s film Black Panther (Marvel Studio. Burbank, CA: 2018).
We invite scholars, educators, activists, and college students to help create Model UN simulations based off the comic book series The Black Panther. The goal is to create an online archive of Black Panther committee simulations that are made available at no cost to middle schools, high schools, and universities organizing their own Model UN conferences.
Those interested are encouraged to contact Roberto Sirvent at firstname.lastname@example.org. When contacting Roberto, please indicate one (or more) of the following that best describes you:
For this edited collection, we seek essays that investigate contemporary elegy within the black diaspora. We are especially interested in essays that discuss contemporary black writers’ responses to personal and public deaths, challenging some of the foundational components of the elegy, while still drawing on the form.
Edited Volume, Cinema Liberation Theology
I am looking for 7-10 additional 4,000-5,000 word chapters on cinema and liberation theology for an edited collection which a major academic publisher is interested in.
This collection focuses on liberation narratives which are in some way related to or inspired by religious traditions/literatures/practices/discourses from around the world. The films and analyses need not be explicitly religious in content, but need only to be argued in the context of liberation with theology, spirituality, or divinity.
Special Issue of Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, edited by Emily Rutter and Laura Engel
This issue of JAST will be dedicated to the works and legacy of Amiri Baraka—poet, dramatist, essayist and activist. Formerly known as LeRoi Jones, Amiri Baraka entered the Greenwich Village literary scene in 1957 as one of the most original poets and editors of the new writing and poetry that was emerging outside of academia and the established publishing world. Baraka’s profound and pointed criticism took shape in the milieu of the racial brutality of the 1960s, and continued to transform as Black Power was put into practice. Amidst assassinations and urban rebellions, he retreated to his hometown, Newark, New Jersey, and committed himself to African American cultural expression in the broadest sense of the term.
What exactly is the content of a literary text, and how does it affect the experience of reading? How should critics approach a text's overt elements and ideas? A lengthy and currently influential tradition of thought has emphasized literary form in a variety of creative ways, but very little has been done to explain how critics should think about content. This panel will bring together six scholars, who will each briefly (in 8 to 10 minutes) offer a definition of literary content and an example from a particular text. Please submit an abstract for such a paper, along with a one-page CV, to pfessenbecker at gmail.com by March 15.
Note: this is a non-guaranteed special session, and requires MLA approval.